I need to replace my rear turn signal bulb. I can get to the turn signal mechanism but cannot pull the bulb out of the 'frame'. Is there something I need to turn or push or pull to make the bulb come out? I've done this before but for the life of me, I can't remember how I did it and I'm afraid I'm going to break it since all I can think of is to pull harder (which is not working). Thanks!
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Re: 1997 cavalier turn signal lights
You have to push in the bulb and turn it counterclockwise. Be careful not to break the bulb. If it happens to break, just get a pair of needlenose pliers and push and turn the bulb. the have a groove going down and a little turn to lock the bulb in place.
I had this same problem last month. There's no magic trick to it - I finally got it out when I pulled HARD. But it turned out that the bulb had rusted into the frame so badly that even after I got the bulb out, cleaned out the frame and inserted a new bulb, it still only worked sporidically (the rust or whatever it was, was why it was so hard to get the bulb out in the first place). I finally went to the chevy dealer yesterday and shelled out seven bucks for a new frame - and now it works perfectly.
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ive had this same problem. mine was caused by shorting, all you have to do is remove the piece that sockets the bulb and my mechanic has some dentist type picks and clean up a good bit of the electro greese and bend out the "pressure prongs i guess you could call them more so they contact better with the bulb posts and that should solve your problem.
If just one side turn signal is not blinking, usually the problem is the bulb...be sure front and back are lighting up, but not blinking...both front and rear bulbs are easy to get to on your Cavalier...replace one at a time to be sure which bulb is defective...sounds like you are on the right track:) Bulbs can be removed by pulling straight out of the socket...older styles require twisting the bulb counter clockwise to release the spring loaded bulb...
Open the trunk, pull back the carpet on the rear wall of the trunk behind the tail lights. If there is access to the bulb sockets, figure out which one lines up with the turn signal and turn it counter clockwise about a quarter turn then pull it out. the bulb will either pull straight out or turn quarter turn and pull out.
If there isn't access to the bulb sockets then there will be three or four nuts or wing nuts that hold the tail lamp assembly in. Remove them and the lens. Then remove the bulb from the tail lamp lens assembly.
remove the mounting screw on the lens, then remove the top 2 bolts holding the headlamp, pull headlamp out to gain access to the mounting nut on the turn signal. Remove the nut and the turn signal light will pull straight out allowing you to replace the bulb.
Open the hood and look for a small screw or bolt holding the signal light assembly on by the fender. Remove this and pull just the signal light assembly straight forward. Not the whole headlight assembly. Twist and turn the bulb socket to remove the light from the rear of the light assembly. Check the # and color of your bulb and get a replacement. Push in and turn to remove the bulb.
I have a 2002 Chev Cavalier that had the same exact problem. I replaced the bulb harness (purchased from a chevy dealership for around $5) which was fairly easy to do. I have had zero problems with it since.